The READYFYLL Pen (sometimes called a thumb-filler) is based on a 1915 patent by Henry R. Coit, whose Ready Fill Pen Company sold pens of the same design a hundred years ago.- From Richards Pens
Body Material: Acrylic
Length (capped): 5"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 4.75"
Length (posted): 6.63"
Barrel Diameter: 0.43"
Section Diameter: 0.40"
Nib material: JoWo Steel
Weight: 15 g/0.53 oz
Fill type: Sleeve-filler/thumb-filler
Price: $175.00USD steel nib, $295.00USD with 18K gold nib
Where to buy: Richards Pens
Gate City Pen Belmont I previously reviewed. The barrel is slim, the cap a little wider than the barrel, and deeply seated on the barrel by threads located at the very end of the section. The ends are almost completely flat, with a very slight curve. the whole pen is smooth - no facets or ridges, except for a single band in the cap, engraved into the acrylic. The clip is not attached to the cap, it's just sitting around it. The READYFILL filler involves a small hexagonal black sleeve around the barrel. Since the pen is compact, there isn't a whole lot of empty barrel space.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
It produces an excellent line, and is quite wet (as you can see in the writing sample). The drying time is a good 40 seconds or so on Clairefontaine paper, because of the wetness. Some line variation is possible though it's not very obvious because the nib is so broad and wet to begin with.
The filling system is intriguing. This thumb-filler is new to me. I like the idea of having the hexagonal sleeve attached to the pen - once rotated, it exposes the bar and sac that can be depressed to fill the pen, but it cannot be removed so it does not get lost. It also provides a flat surface for the pen to sit on so it doesn't roll away. Most convenient!
Though it is compact when capped, it is almost the length of a Lamy Al-Star when posted, so it does become a decent size. It's still a slender pen though. The cap posts right up to the sleeve, giving it a nice length.
- Gorgeous deep marbled blue.
- Unique filling system.
- Fantastic Binderized nib. Broad, smooth, perfect.
- Can be clipped or clipless.
- Aesthetically, the black section would probably look cooler if it was the same as the rest of the body (in my opinion).
- The filler might be difficult to operate if you have large fingers.
This is an interesting, unique pen, and not one I would have considered had it not been offered to me. I enjoy getting the opportunity to try out new and different filling systems, so I'm most happy I was given this chance - thank you again, Richard! I am madly in love with this juicy broad nib. I'd pick nothing but that. It's cool that it can be a clipped or clipless pen. I doubt this pen would appeal to everyone as it does not have a classic look to it. At this price though, you get a unique and attractive pen with a nibmeister-tuned nib! Yummy.
A big thank you to Richard Binder for sending this beautiful pen for review. I was not compensated monetarily for this review. Everything you read here is my 100% honest to grapes opinion.